I have a 300 page research paper and I have to delete probably close to 1000 items, for example:

action seeking to enjoin the defendants from violating the minimum wage requirements and to enforce *1532 the record-keeping and child labor provisions of the Act.

I need to delete the *1532 which normally the easy Ctrl+F *1532 would be the route, but the numbers are all different so I would have to start from the highest one and count down (but the numbers aren't in any simple order because of the nature of the paper). How can I remove all such strings?

  • What version of Word do you have? It'll help with testing. – Nelson Jun 1 '17 at 16:32

I'm using Word 2003.

In order to search and replace all occurrence of " *####" strings in your document, I used the following search parameter with the "Use wildcards" option:


Note the space in front of the first "\"

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  • I'm assuming after you remove the *1532 in the example, you want only a single space between "enforce" and "the". – Nelson Jun 1 '17 at 16:40
  • thank you so much, if it isn't clear law students aren't the most computer programming knowledgable – Matt Jun 1 '17 at 17:06
  • No problem. If the answer worked, an upvote would be great :) Also, it's part of my job to help people, so this is right up my alley. – Nelson Jun 2 '17 at 0:38

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